With the memories of the previous game fresh in their minds, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team took the court Saturday morning ready for a different result.
And, coach Matt Ray said he noticed a new ferocity among his players.
“They were really getting in people’s faces all day,” he said.
Over the weekend, the Bulldogs placed second out of six teams in the Shanon Johnson Tournament in Vernal, Utah, leaving the team’s early season record at 2-1.
“All in all, it was a pretty good weekend,” Ray said. “We couldn’t get first (place) because Evanston (Wyo.) won all their games, but (Saturday) was a good day.”
The Evanston Devils handed the team its only loss of the weekend on Friday afternoon, narrowly beating MCHS, 38-35.
The results were much different in the Saturday games, as the Bulldogs faced off against the Wasatch Wasps, of Heber City, Utah, and the Union Cougars, of Roosevelt, Utah.
The team defeated Wasatch, 37-28, taking the lead in the first quarter, 14-8, holding the advantage for the rest of the game.
Senior Lauren Roberts led the game’s scoring with nine points, while junior Annie Sadvar and fellow senior Callie Papoulas each had five.
Ray said he was pleased with the Wasatch game in particular because of the way his players took command in the scoring.
“I think just about everybody scored in that game,” he said.
The scoring was less spread out among the players as the team went on to play Union, beating the Cougars, 51-44.
Junior Melissa Camilletti was responsible for more than one-third of the team’s score, bringing in 19 points, bringing her Saturday total to 23.
“She really came through for us,” Ray said.
Sadvar was next in scoring with eight points, followed closely by Britteny Ivers and Roberts, with six and five points, respectively.
“Eventually, everybody just got into a rhythm and things started working,” Ray said. “We got in a lot of shots, rebounded, defensively, we were boxing out. Everything was working.”
Ray said the one area his players could use some improvement on is their patience on the court.
“That’s something we’re working on in practices all the time,” he said.
The varsity team’s next game is another tournament, the Steamboat Springs Shootout, on Friday and Saturday.
“Our first game is against Montrose, and they’re always strong, so we’ll have to be ready,” Ray said.
Both the MCHS boys and girls varsity teams will play Montrose on Friday, with the boys at 3 p.m. and the girls at 8:15 p.m.
“It’s a bracket tournament, so we’ll just have to see who we play after that,” Ray said.